Boss Season 3 Contestants
Other Bollywood superstars
who have made a foray into television, did not rake in quite as much. While
Paanchvi Pass Shah Rukh Khan was reportedly paid Rs 1 crore per episode,
Akshay Kumar too is believed to be charging a similar sum per episode for
Khatron Ke Khiladi. Despite hiking his fees from Rs 80 lakh per episode
in Season 1 of Dus Ka Dum to Rs 1 crore in Season 2 of the show, Salman
Khan also falls way short of the Bachchan mark.
|Big B to be paid Rs 126
crore for Bigg Boss 3
Amitabh Bachchan made
headlines when he decided to host Kaun Banega Crorepati on Star Plus in
early 2000. The game show went on to become one of the most watched of
its time. Big B will soon be back on the small screen, this time to host
Season 3 of the controversial reality show Bigg Boss.
The fact that Bachchan
is now also officially the highest paid presenter on TV, is sure to add
to the buzz surrounding his return.
Brought in as a replacement
for Shilpa Shetty on Bigg Boss, the 'Shahenshah' of Bollywood will take
home Rs 1.5 crore per episode. Multiply that by 84 episodes and what you
get is a staggering Rs 126 crore paycheque for Bachchan.
It's a new high even for
Big B himself. For Bigg Boss, he is being paid nearly twice of what he
got for Kaun Banega Crorepati. But there's an important difference between
then and now. When KBC happened, the Bachchan brand was at its lowest ebb.
Today the actor is among the country's top five celebrity endorsers.
If Shilpa Shetty with
her minor fan following and no films to promote could get Bigg Boss a 2.2
TRP, Bachchan with his enormous brand value and at least nine releases
in the pipeline, could certainly better that. Or at least that's what the
show's producers would be hoping for.